Vikings day at camp: Defense remains ahead of offense

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Brandon Burton worked on punt blocking drills during Vikings practice at Minnesota State University Mankato Friday Aug 2,2013.

Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Practice snapshot

The Vikings defense remains ahead of the offense one week into training camp. Fans were reminded of this Friday as the offense went 0-for-3 in producing points during the first two-minute drills of camp. The first-team offense turned the ball over on downs when receiver Greg Jennings dropped a short pass from Christian Ponder in tight coverage. The second-team offense, led by Matt Cassel, couldn’t overcome a holding call on center Joe Berger. A screen pass to Matt Asiata came up short on fourth-and-12. The third-team offense, led by McLeod Bethel-Thompson, was aided by a pass interference penalty on cornerback Greg McCoy. But Bethel-Thompson made two poor throws, missing receiver Rodney Smith on third and fourth down.

Walsh misses two

The offense never got close enough for kicker Blair Walsh to attempt a field goal during the two-minute drills. But the Vikings did run two situational drills in which they moved into position for Walsh and the placekicking team to run onto the field and attempt a field goal. Walsh, who’s working with a new holder, rookie Jeff Locke, missed wide right from about 45 yards. Later, he missed from 43 yards. It must have been just wide left. It looked good from the sideline, but the official under the left upright signaled no good.


“When Adrian [Peterson] says 2,500 or 2,000, it’s a different thing … because he’s more than capable of achieving those goals. I’ve learned that. … I don’t doubt Adrian Peterson. If he says he can gain 2,500, it’s possible. If it was someone else talking about predictions and this or that, maybe we’ll have a conversation. But Adrian? Nah. I like to see him achieve his goals.”

– Coach Leslie Frazier, responding to a question about whether Peterson’s goal of rushing for 2,500 yards is a “distraction.”


“Not participating in it. In my four years, I think I’ve played all of one snap.”

– Defensive end Jared Allen, when asked what he was looking forward to most in Saturday night’s scrimmage inside Blakeslee Stadium.


• CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) missed Friday’s practice and is day-to-day.

• S Mistral Raymond (hamstring) missed Friday’s practice and is day-to-day.

• WR Greg Childs (knees) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

• LB Nathan Williams (ankle) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.




  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets 5 Top 9th Inning
Arizona 0
Atlanta - J. Teheran 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - C. Lee
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - M. Pineda
Cleveland - Z. McAllister 6:08 PM
Detroit - A. Sanchez
Washington - T. Roark 6:10 PM
Miami - J. Fernandez
Seattle - F. Hernandez 7:05 PM
Texas - Y. Darvish
Boston - C. Buchholz 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - J. Danks
Kansas City - J. Guthrie 7:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland - T. Milone 9:05 PM
LA Angels - T. Skaggs
Colorado - J. De La Rosa 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Los Angeles - P. Maholm 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Chicago 6:00 PM
Indiana 6:00 PM
Atlanta 7:00 PM
Dallas 7:00 PM
Detroit 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Houston 7:00 PM
New Orleans
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
San Antonio
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Utah 7:00 PM
Washington 7:00 PM
Toronto 7:00 PM
New York
Golden State 9:30 PM
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Montreal 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Columbus 6:30 PM
Dallas 9:00 PM
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters



Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13




question of the day

Poll: Will you boo Jared Allen when he returns with the Bears?

Weekly Question